Bike Safety

Ride The Rockies is conducted on open roads with vehicular traffic present. These roads include both marked and unmarked hazards.

Though we go to great lengths to make the tour as safe as possible, you are only as safe as you ride. Always remember that your safety is in your own hands and ride by these rules:

  • Beware of and yield to vehicle traffic.
  • Ride as far to the right as possible. Only ride two abreast when the shoulder is wide enough.
  • Obey traffic laws, signs and signals.
  • All participants must wear an approved helmet with an emergency identification sticker (provided by RTR) adhered inside.
  • Beware of rumble strips - ride to the right.
  • Bicycle trailers and child seats are not permitted.
  • Be predictable. Ride in a straight line.
  • No headphones while riding.
  • If you are inexperienced with drafting, do not ride in pacelines.
  • Use hand signals to indicate left or right turns, slowing or stopping.
  • Never assume motorists see you or that you have the right-of-way.
  • Move completely off the road and shoulder when stopped and resting.
  • Warn fellow cyclists of road hazards.
  • Only pass cyclists on their left. When passing, warn cyclists by saying, “On your left.”
  • Cross railroad tracks at a right angle.
  • Rearview mirrors are strongly recommended.
  • Expect the unexpected; your first responsibility is to be safe.
  • All Ride The Rockies support and safety services are provided on the designated and marked route ONLY.